Tom Pope

Cheltenham boss wary of “very dangerous” Tom Pope

Cheltenham boss wary of “very dangerous” Tom Pope

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson has singled out Port Vale striker Tom Pope as the dangerman ahead of the weekend meeting between the two sides.

Vale’s top-scorer scored twice against Cheltenham earlier in the season as the Valiants recorded a 3-1 home win.

If you allow him to play his game, he’s very dangerous…

Ahead of the return fixture Johnson told the media: “He is definitely a threat and probably their main threat. That day was the manager’s first home game and they were up for it, the crowd were up for it and I thought they played very, very well, Tom Pope in particular.

“If you allow him to play his game, he’s very dangerous. He’s not the only one of course and I keep saying any team in this division has their dangerous players, who score goals or make goals, or stop goals and they can be the big difference in where you are in the league.

“Both teams would feel at times they look like being top half, but other performances we haven’t played well to be in the top half. Both teams could still either be bottom half or two half so it’s a big game on Saturday. We won’t go up too many places, but getting points quickly now can stop you having to try and get points later on.”

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